Jet Ski Ride in Andaman

The Directorate of Andaman Tourism will conduct a half-day orientation programme for Jet Ski Operator/Owners on Sept 7 in the conference hall of IP&T. The Jet Ski Operators/ owners have been requested to attend the orientation programme to upgrade their knowledge regarding operation of Jet Skies. The idea is to educate the Jet Ski Operators/Owners about the safety & security of tourist as well as operators undertaking such activities. The orientation programme would commence at 3 pm and conclude at 5.30 pm.

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Best time to visit Andamans and Nicobar Islands

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Andaman’s can be visited throughout the year as the islands have a moderate temperature throughout the year, ranging from 23 ° C to 31 ° C. Andaman’s have a tropical climate, there are no harsh climates, apart from tropical storms and rains in late summers and monsoons . But the best time to visit the Andaman Islands is from October to May when the climate is idyllic for sightseeing and enjoying all water sports. The best time to avoid your Andaman Tour is from June to September when the climate is prone to thunderstorms and heavy rain, which can make it hard for you to enjoy sight seeing, however at this time the off season discounts are very good.

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Seasons in the Andamans

Summers – Summers in the Andamans is from March to May summers Andaman’s still hot, but it is combined with pleasant sea breeze. The humidity is high and is about 80%. Summers are suitable for all kinds of tourist activities.

Monsoons in the Andamans is from May to August and post monsoons season is from September to November. It is offseason as at this time there may be medium to heavy rains. But you can get special off-season discounts at this time.

Winters in the Andamans is from December to February. This is the best season to visit Andamans as the winters here are not cool and the weather is idyllic for sightseeing.

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My first encounter Tourism Andaman

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It was veritably big and hard to forget about. It was my maiden chance to see undiscovered “Andaman Islands ‘- Its stunning beaches, virgin forests and ancient ruins. Andaman is a charming place where beauty never fails to impress visitors’ hearts, so how could betray us, and also we were lucky enough not to meet something unexpected.

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To give pause to our extremely busy schedule, at least we thought it was, even though we both had nothing officially to do instead of preparing our semester exams, which also was far away, we decided to go on an Andaman trip to see what exactly the island has to offer fun-lovers like us. Sunny, my friend and my trip mate on this trip, were / are more into partying and fun, while I am a kind of person who is determined to get off the beaten track and love to live amidst nature values and explore what we could inherited from the past.

We had a limited budget, but we wanted to discover the maximum possible. That’s why I hang over the Internet to design our tour itinerary in such a way that could cost us as little as possible, and give us maximum enjoyment. I worked out what places we would definitely see where we would stay and how we would get around the island. Flight booking was not a hassle as we made it through a travel agent.

On the appointed date, we landed on Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair. Let me tell you that direct flights from Delhi to Port Blair are not so many, and the timing is not so very great. So it is better to first fly to Kolkata and then to Port Blair same as we did. Minutes after setting foot off the flight, we were greeted by a seductive integration of natural shine, artificial creations and historical monuments in the capital. Even at the first sight, I had understood that it is the shy beauties of this wonderful archipelago that draws tourists from around the world.

Visit at Gandhi Park was the beginning of our trip. The park was simply awesome filled with eye-catching green, huge historical significance and a variety of water sports to enjoy. After we chose Cellular Jail to date with. When the most terrible name among Indian people, the structure is now a revered shrine dedicated to Indian freedom fighters. We saw the light and sound show, martyr memorial and a museum inside the prison. Experience with diving in Havelock Island was beyond my imagination. Looks fascinating marine life and stunning coral reefs was really a rare feeling mixed with adventure and enjoyment.

The rich history and the beautiful coastline on the Andaman has always been luring travelers. But it is inevitably excluded to avoid Andaman wild side. Home to a number of tribal reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, Andaman is a fine place for nature lovers. We visited the bird sanctuary Chiriyatapoo during our Andaman tour. Apart from this, we visited the Forest Museum, Science Center and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park also. Food and cultural bounties on Andaman is simply out of words and forest camping is also a not-to-miss activity. Hungry Bags is a leading tour agency offers Andaman Tour packages to make Andaman trip memorable and hassle free.

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Modi To Chair Meeting On Island Development Soon

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The NITI Aayog has called a high-level meeting to discuss various proposals to tap the economic and Develop Andaman Tourism potential of islands that surround India’s coastline. Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi is expected to chair the meeting, slated soon. Of the 1,300-odd islands that surround India, the Aayog has identified 10 in Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshwadeep for holistic development.

The Aayog in a presentation made to the Prime Minister said it formed five inter-ministerial groups to identify islands. Of the list of 20 islands, the Aayog picked 10 that can be taken up in the first phase to be developed. Among the islands the Aayog has identified are the Smith Island, Ross Island, Avis Island and Long Island from Andaman & Nicobar. From Lakshadweep, the islands that have been identified include Bangaram, Thinnakara, Suheli, Cheriyam and Minicoy. Officials said the PM would review the progress made in pushing the idea of developing the islands as potential tourist destinations. On Monday, during a meeting to review the progress of infrastructure projects, Modi also directed officials to expedite the solar city project and development of unused airstrip as envisaged in the National Aviation Policy.

For the oil & gas sectors, officials said the PM was keen the potential of offshore and onshore exploration was fully tapped. He also sought the report of ethanol blending programme. In August 2015, the government had decided to boost ethanol production by making 10 per cent blending with petrol mandatory. The decision is likely to benefit cash-starved sugar mills, which owe Rs 14,000 crore dues to cane growers. The Prime Minister was informed that 150 million households were covered under direct benefit transfer for LPG in FY16. In the new and renewable energy sector, the cumulative installed capacity has crossed 44,000 Mw.

The Prime Minister was briefed on plans and strategies to further boost solar energy production, including through rooftop generation, an official statement said. The Indian Railways has achieved a target of daily passenger movement of 22.5 million. As many as 240 unmanned crossings have been eliminated between April and June this year in the ports sector. There has been considerable progress in average vessel turnaround time.

Top officials from various infrastructure sector ministries, NITI Aayog, and the Prime Minister’s Office attended the meeting. (Source: Internet)

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Andaman Islands are an Indian archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. These roughly 300 islands are known for their palm-lined, white-sand beaches, mangroves and tropical rainforests. Coral reefs supporting marine life such as sharks and rays make for popular diving and snorkeling sites. Indigenous Andaman Islanders inhabit the more remote islands, many of which are off limits to visitors.
Area: 8,249 km² 
Population: 380,500 (2012)

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Offbeat Destinations to Explore in India

All of us know the beautiful famous places like Shimla, Manali, Coorg, and Alleppy but how many of us know about the untouched places like Malana, Sandakphu and Kanatal! These places might not be on the lists to travel to on the internet and that’s the thing that makes them unique as well as picturesque. We all know how humans destroy everything that comes in contact and these locations are still pristine as there is almost no tourism activity at these places. If you love to explore the unexplored there are some of the places you can travel to by booking air ticket to the nearest airports.

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  1. Malana: Detached and uninhabited, Malana is a curious yet staggering town in Himachal Pradesh. Secured by the superb tops of Chandrakhani and Deo Tibba, Malana is determined to a level by the banks of a stream of the same name. With an amazing elevation, the town has a character and personality of its own. Home to pretty much 100 comfortable houses, this town is known for its Charas or ‘Malana Cream’. An intriguing account identifying with Malana is that its tenants see themselves as to be relatives of Alexander the Great and are accordingly, prevalent.

  1. Sandakphu: Get audacious with a trek to the most astounding top in West Bengal, a standout amongst the most odd destinations in India. Meant signify ‘Tallness of the Poison Plant’, Sandakphu is at an astonishing height of around 3636m and supports the absolute most harmful aconite plants at its top. Be that as it may, when you have made it to its extremely beat, you will be compensated with shocking perspectives of 4 of the most noteworthy tops on the planet.

  1. Kanatal: A romantic and pretty village, Kanatal is roosted high up at 8500 ft and is the meaning of untampered excellence and tranquility. Furnished with phenomenal climate and supreme cordiality, Kanatal offers dynamite perspectives of snow-secured crests and impervious timberlands. This town is renowned for its patio stays – an idea that has caught the creative ability of travelers in a major manner.

  1. Gurez Valley: Cut through the Himalayas and set along the banks of the staggering Kishenganga River, Gurez Valley is a standout amongst the most excellent valleys in India. Found directly underneath the high elevation Line of Control, Gurez Valley is a wildly secured land in the Indian region. Dreamlike and peaceful, Gurez Valley has the most charming sights of shepherds and fields.

  1. Tawang: Famous as the origination of the Dalai Lama, Tawang is a pleasant slope town situated in the condition of Arunachal Pradesh. Ignoring a valley that is commanded by rich green views and dazzling all encompassing scenes, Tawang is additionally home to a few adored cloisters. With religious connections and a quieting domain, this destination is an absolute necessity visit for all travel lovers.

  1. Velas: Profound inside the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra, Velas is a town of the most venturesome populace. The natives of Velas have taken upon themselves the undertaking of supporting and ensuring the turtles. The town even has a yearly turtle celebration, a one-of-its-kind occasion that is essentially hypnotizing to witness. Inspire set to watch the life a turtle spread out just right in front of you, from the minute they venture out of their egg shells!

  1. Drass: Starting at the base of the Zoji La Pass and at an elevation of 10,990ft from the ocean level, Drass is an unexplored destination of amazing climate and intriguing scene. The valley houses extraordinary vegetation that develops in full magnificence along quiet riverbanks. You can watch the mirror picture of towering tops and moving mists in these unblemished waters. Drass is famously known for its extreme and horrendous winters – a season best evaded.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your air ticket now and get ready to explore these beautiful places that are still highly untouched from the human impact.

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DISCOVER YOUR TRAVEL TO ANDAMAN Nicobar Islands

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The fantasies of Andaman tourism can not be described in a few words. Exotic beaches, Foliage Beauty of Forest, incredible sight of sunrise and sunset, stunning glimpse of Underwater Living are among the petals of Andaman Nicobar Tours. Trip to Andaman Nicobar Island is a great trip to an island beyond our imagination. We can not stop our dreams to reach out exceptional places like Andaman Tours to explore the true meaning of exciting trips. Andaman Bluebay Holidays is here with you, with various Andaman Tour packages to fulfill your dream trip travel to Andaman !!

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For tourists and honeymooners plan tours to Andaman Nicobar, we have excellent facilities for exploring the exciting activities in Andaman above and below water. Our Andaman Holidays offers you many choices of activities in the Andaman like snorkeling, diving, trekking, a boat tour of the Creeks and many more that you travel to Andaman Island is a great success. Alternatively the popular islands of Port Blair, Havelock and Neil, Elephanta, Baratang, Radhanagar and many other islands that are known to explore the Andaman tours Andaman our economic tour packages. Now, Andaman Tour Booking is easy with the team from Andaman Bluebay Holidays .

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Trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands

My trip to Andaman and Nicobar Islands with my school to November was a fruitful and an eye opening experience.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of islands found at the junction between the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. They form a Union territory of India and their southern fur is only 150 km above Indonesia. I visited the islands for my IB Group 4 or “science” trip inorder to learn about the local community and conduct experiments related to biodiversity.

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I leaned to the islands are home to over 1,380 species of fish and surrounded by pristine coral. The islands are also a breeding ground for the critically endangered mammals in Dugong the islands mascot. Andaman Islands are also a paradise for birds. Over 206 species of birds are found on the islands, of which a staggering 106 are endemic. . The Naracondum Hornbill is one of those birds found on the extinct volcano island Naracondum. The islands also have Saltwater Crocodiles living in Andaman vast area of mangroves. The islands are blessed with a unique tropical rainforest canopy consisting of Indian, Myanmarese, Malaysian flower stems. Of the 2,200 varieties of plants Fund in Andaman and Nicobar 200 are endemic and 1300 did not happen on the Indian mainland. But it was not that, due to coral bleaching we were able to spot numerous species of crabs and marsupials like hermit crabs and scorpions. We also observed snakes, sea slugs, tadpoles and starfish. The snorkeling trip also provided us with a first hand experience of observing fish in their natural habitat; Unfortunately coral was bleached also.

On the fourth day of our trip we were privileged enough to learn about the tribal society of Andaman and Nicobar islands. A session was held at the residence Nicobarese tribe only physician. The flat where he lived was part of a resettlement plan made by the government after his native island; Car Nicobar was washed away in the tsunami in 2004. We were received warmly; this experience broke my longstanding prejudices against tribals, for I had always seen them as rash and impulsive. Before our interaction began, a tribal song performed for us. The song was about homeland and culture Nicobarese. After the song, the doctor talked about the geography of the island. He said the composition of the religions of the islands, the illiterate, etc. We learned that society is dominated by Christians (98%), while Muslims are also present in a small proportion. The current rate of literacy told us was about 90%, far above the Indian nation average of 71%. After a brief question and answer session where our knowledge of the community were improved, the men and women who performed the dance. The dances were symbolic of how society was closely knit. The discussion that continued was one of the most eye-opening discussions that I’ve ever had. We learned tribe had reached a stage where they could be compared with any developed country’s inhabitants. People were fully aware of tubectomy and actual procedure was performed often. They had a high standard of living and was an open society. The tribe had progressive outlook in almost all areas from marriage to their governance. Overall this talk was a very humbling and enlightening experience that had an impact far beyond my expectations. I learned to appreciate my roots and think of all the right light, most importantly, I learned not to be harmed. The discussion ended when the doctor told us about his sad and unfortunate experience in Delhi and hostility he stood with his family.

On the fifth day of our trip we had the opportunity to visit the local market in Neil Island for an interactive Q & A survey with local merchants. We were put in groups and could roam around the market are visiting stores to ask questions. We visited electrical shops, grocery stores, small restaurants etc.

The first store my group visited was a general electronics store. The shop was rented from a government establishment; hence the rent paid to the government. The electronics ranging from televisions and washing machines for smaller radio players. We were told that the products had to be imported from Bengal and thus obviously a tariff would be imposed. I asked the shopkeeper how goods were transported on the island, to which he replied by saying that he had to hire ferries to bring goods from the mainland to Neil Island.

Another stimulating part of the day was the visit to the daily needs shop. The merchant had a small store that was stuffed the items. He looked after the store with his wife. The shop belonged to his uncle who had given it to him to run the business and even stayed in Port Blair. The first question we asked him was the price he sold products like Coca Cola. He said Rs. 25, which was very surprising in the sense that the same bottle of Coke would be available on most of the other shops on the island of Rs. 40 it would be available at Rs. 30 on the mainland. It was commonly available for Rs. 40 because of the levies, however, Rs. 25 came as a shock when it was lower than the overall Rs. 30 as well.

Through these discussions I learned that maximize profit is not so important for the merchants. I realized how different life in Andaman and Nicobar Islands from the rest of India mainland, where material wealth has become the ultimate pursuit of life. These islands home to the world’s oldest surviving tribes is an example not only for India but also for the rest of the world. They have urbanized without releasing their roots and culture, which is a great achievement in a world where urbanization means Westernization, something not true.

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My freedom to live

My freedom to live: ‘A free life is one lived with dignity’ Editor of The Andaman Chronicle; activist and spokesman for the Jarawa tribe in the Andaman islands, Port Blair-based Denis Giles, 40, is currently campaigning against the public use of portions of the Andaman Trunk Road that cut through the Jarawa Tribal Reserve, attempting to put an end to human safaris. The Great Andamanese are one among the four aboriginal peoples of the Great Andaman archipelago. Today, they are just 50 in number. In Port Blair, you often spot them at taxi stands or at traffic signals, begging for survival. “Why do you go to see Jarawas, I’m a Jarawa,” they tell curious tourists. Give them a ten-rupee note and they’ll get themselves a drink with the money.
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Most of them are clueless about mainland India, never mind the world. The government provides them everything-education, jobs, healthcare, rations but this still barely helps them survive. The problem is they have lost their identity and, most importantly, self-esteem. Once that happens, there’s no point living in this world. To live a free life, you have to be able to live with dignity. Boa Senior, who passed away in 2010, was the last surviving member of the community who spoke their traditional language, Bo. In spite of the example of this great loss for the Great Andamanese, little is being done to help the other tribes. I’m not an expert, but I have been campaigning for the Jarawas since 2002, when I first joined the Society for Andaman and Nicobar Ecology. Over the years I’ve realised that if one supports their cause, one must respect and consider them to be fellow human beings. To begin with, why not call them by their true name, ‘Ang’? Jarawa is a term the British adopted from the Great Andamanese; it means outsiders in their language. After decades of Independence, we haven’t even given them back their name. There are about 420 remaining from the tribe who live in the Jarawa Tribal Reserve. For over 60,000 years they have lived off the land, never taking more than they needed. In contrast, the so-called ‘civilised’ lot has taken just 60 years to ruin the parts of the island they occupy. The Jarawas have their own medicinal system, rituals and seasons. They believe in spirits and respect their elders. There’s no rape among the tribes, even though they move around ‘naked’. So who’s the civilised lot here? In 2004, the first official Jarawa policy was put in place, which forbade interaction and put an end to ideas of bringing Jarawas into the mainstream. But again, who are we to have this isolation versus mainstream debate?
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Protecting Jarawas of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

One of the Adivasi indigenous peoples of the Andaman Islands in India are the Jarawas. As per an estimate today there may be anywhere between 250 to 400 Jarawas left on the island. This is the reason why Jarawas are a designated Scheduled Tribe. As the Jarawas do not communicate much with the outsiders nothing much is known about their society, culture and traditions. Jarawas along with indigenous Andamanese people have inhabited the islands for many thousand years.

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Issues faced by Jarawas:

Jarawas had reported 14 cases of ill treatment in the last three years and the current year. This number may be much lower than the real cases of ill treatment that the Jarawas and other native tribes on the Andaman Island face.

Here are some problems that Jarawas and other native tribals on the island have been facing in the recent years:

Tourists who come to visit Andaman Islands and undertake jungle safari make Jarawas and other local tribals dance and pose for food. Poachers mostly from Myanmar have introduced alcohol and drugs into the reserve forests. Poachers at times in barter for alcohol and drugs abuse orphan girls and widows of the tribes. The Great Andaman Trunk Road which was build in the 1970s and which passes through Jarawas’ newer western forest homeland is probably the biggest threat to the Jarawas.

The Great Andaman Trunk Road which was build in the 1970s and which passes through Jarawas’ newer western forest homeland is probably the biggest threat to the Jarawas.

Solutions to solve the problems faced by Jarawas:

Jarawa Tribal Reserve has been created where entry of unauthorised persons has been banned. Traffic on Andaman Trunk Road has been regulated for ensuring protection and welfare of Jarawas. Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Administration provides financial support to tribals for education and health facilities through Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti (AAJVS). Scholarships to ST students and implementing Tribal Sub-Plan as a part of UT Plan for socio-economic development of tribals are other measures. A&N Administration has constituted A&N Tribal Research & Training Institute (ANTRI) for research for bringing out possible interventions for tribal development, ethnographic and other research studies, documentation of oral tradition and traditional knowledge. A tribal museum is also planned.

Laws for the protection of Jarawas:

There are many special rules for the protection of tribals inhabiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Some policies are also implemented for the protection and welfare of Jarawas and Shom Pens tribes respectively which are classified as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).

These laws are: A&N Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation, 1956; Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocity) Act, 1989 (and Amendment Act, 2015) Policy on Jarawa tribe of Andaman Island, 2004 and Policy on Shom Pens tribe of Great Nicobar Island, 2015 Role of AAJVS: AAJVS functions under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 by A&N Administration to: Protect and preserve Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs), Promote social, economic and cultural interests of PVTGs, Conduct research studies to identify specific issues of PVTGs and formulate policies and programmes, and Protect health and prevent extinction of PVTGs.

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